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Designation

Average Rating4.8
115 Reviews
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Designation is a 24-week program specializing in the fields of UX and UI design with the primary goal to turn you into a hireable candidate for innovative and tech-focused companies. Designation offers a hybrid of both online education and in-person immersion in Chicago. Throughout the 24 weeks of the program, students are treated to guest speakers, sponsored workshops, and lab sessions. While there is no formal grading, students are asked to create portfolio deliv...

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  • Cristina Bichara
    Graduate • UI Design Intensive (begins every 6-8 weeks) • Chicago
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    Jul 26, 2018
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    One of the most challenging and BEST experiences I've had

    I won't lie and say this program was fun the entire time. I struggled through it. Some days, it felt really overwhelming. I was pushed beyond my comfort zone, I lost sleep and sometimes it felt like I failed pretty hard but ultimately, I learned a ton about myself, my skills and what I actually wanted out of a career. I made great friends, I acquired years worth of knowledge in a short time and I can actually see my new skills in action with every new job/project I take on. I felt the curr...

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  • Ben Waters
    Consultant/UX Designer • Graduate • UX Design Intensive (begins every 6-8 weeks) • Chicago
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    Jun 29, 2018
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    Designation turned my life around

    It was the end of 2016 and I had been looking for a job for close to a year with no luck. The jobs I was looking at during that time were not very desirable. I was not in a good place, but one day I stumbled upon a post about bootcamps as a way to jumpstart a new career. A year after graduating I'm now employed as a UX Designer and couldn't be happier. Designation is a great place to change your career if you are willing to put in the work.

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  • Colin
    Product Designer • Graduate • UX Design Intensive (begins every 6-8 weeks) • Chicago
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    Jun 22, 2018
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    Learn the process to everything

    In short Designation teaches you a process that gives you confidence in tackling the unknown. I came from an engineering background and was used to building things, and working through problems. The skills that I picked up during my enrollment in Designation have made how I build things, and how I solve problems more purposeful. To be more specific Designation explicitly taught me the process of how to create mobile and web applications, but they also teach you how that process can be appl...

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  • chels
    Content Creator • Graduate • Design Essentials (Online, Part-time) • Chicago
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    Jun 21, 2018
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    Want to learn UX? Sign up for Designation

    After working as a content writer in Chicago for a few years and hearing from my department's UX team that Designation was the way to go to learn UX, I decided to give it a try. Designation is broken into different phases, beginning with Design Essentials, a 6 week virtual introduction to UX and UI. The idea is that you pay a deposit for DE, take the course online (15-20 hours/week), then talk with your TA about whether the rest of Designation (which spans almost 6 months) is the right fit...

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  • Jeremy
    Designer at Moment / Verizon • Graduate • UX Design Intensive (begins every 6-8 weeks) • Chicago
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    Jun 10, 2018
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    Designation will change your life!

    2017, one year into my life as a Junior Architectural Designer, I was feeling extremely unsatisfied with the work I was doing. I felt as if I wasn’t making an impact on peoples lives and the work I was doing did not quench the itch I had to design conceptually, create, and problem solve. I had been mulling over transitioning out of Architecture for some time at this point, and after months of research plus some intro courses at a few boot camps, I made the pivot of a lifetime and couldn't ...

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  • John Sun
    UI/UX Designer • Graduate • UX Design Intensive (begins every 6-8 weeks) • Chicago
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    Apr 29, 2018
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    Solid path to getting hired

    Designation was absolutely crucial to me getting my foot in the door. After the program, I got 4 interviews out of ~20 applications and my first offer as a UI/UX designer about 2 months out. It's a very thorough program that is focused on developing one's design process and gaining hands-on experience working with clients. It never felt like I was being pushed to just make artifacts for the sake of making pretty things to show in a portfolio. Every deliverable I made added to my portfolio'...

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  • Caitlin
    Product Designer • Graduate • UI Design Intensive (begins every 6-8 weeks) • Chicago
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    Apr 17, 2018
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    Change your life in 6 months.

    Overview. Like all things you do in life, Designation is what you make it of it. If you put in the work and use the resources provided, this program can change your life. It is intense, challenging, and satisfying. I came out of this program a different professional person and a more reflective human. I loved my time in the program, most of the people I met, and everyone that works at Designation. 

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  • Ankit V.
    UX Architect • Graduate • UX Design Intensive (begins every 6-8 weeks) • Chicago
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    Apr 12, 2018
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    My Designation Journey

    My Background: Prior to Designation I worked as a Project Manager in a completely non-related field to design, which is to say that I'm a career switcher and I was quite hesitant to do so in the beginning since I had to quit my job and take a leap of faith.

     

    The Program: The structure of the bootcamp is setup so that you’re initially exposed to the entire process of designing a digital product to get a sense of what UX and UI (separately)....

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  • Joyce
    UI Visual Designer • Graduate • UX Design Intensive (begins every 6-8 weeks) • Chicago
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    Apr 09, 2018
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    Complete Career Change in Less than a Year!

    One year ago, I was feeling super unmotivated and defeated at my current position at a family business. It had been two years since finishing undergrad with a degree in Psychology, and I knew I was meant for more. I didn’t think it was possible to find a career that would align my passions for psychology, art, and helping people until a friend encouraged me to look into UX/UI. I did as much research as I could on UX/UI as well as numerous programs, and it was clear that Designation was the...

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  • Kevin
    Visual Designer • Graduate • UX Design Intensive (begins every 6-8 weeks) • Chicago
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    Apr 06, 2018
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    Attention Career-changers!

    Long story short: If I can change careers, you can too. Designation is worth it, and you get what you put into it. It was easily the best career move I've ever made, hands-down.

    I won't go into crazy detail about the curriculum, but I can touch on my personal experience and why I chose Designation. I was in logistics sales for 2.5 years, not crazy about it, and wanted to do something more creative. Obviously, I didn't have the skillset to make it in design, so I did my research and ...

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  • John
    UX Designer • Graduate • UX Design Intensive (begins every 6-8 weeks) • Chicago
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    Apr 04, 2018
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    The most effective way to step into UX/UI design

    When I first heard about Designation, I was a mechanical engineer without a background in design. I wasn’t sure if I had the skill or creativity to be successful in UX design, but once I decided to switch careers and pursue a career in technology and design, I knew Designation was the best option for me. They provide the most education for their price (24 weeks is a long time!) and offer real client experience, which is crucial when getting your first UX/UI design job.

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  • Grace
    Graduate • UX Design Intensive (begins every 6-8 weeks) • Chicago
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    Mar 30, 2018
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    A legit opportunity to transform your career

    There are plenty of reviews here that go into detail about the Designation curriculum and experience, so I don't want to go too deeply into those topics. What you're signing up for is an opportunity for a new, kickass career and a set of tools.

    Designation will provide you with all the learning resources you need to get started as a designer, an incredibly knowledgeable and friendly community, and a chance to apply what you learn in a safe environment (it's seriously hard to screw ...

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Published January 25, 2018
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Liz Eggleston
Published November 10, 2015
Founded in 2013, Designation offers an immersive bootcamp for aspiring UX and UI designers. Mike Joosse, their new Community Director, tells us about his transition from the design world to Designation, the most important ingredient for a successful UX designer and how Designation prepares students for post-bootcamp careers.   Tell us about your background and what you were doing be...
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Published October 07, 2015
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Published October 02, 2014
With a degree in Advertising Art Direction, Martha Willis was looking for a way to build on her current skillset in pursuit of a web-based career. So she enrolled in Designation, a full-time, immersive design course in Chicago. We get the scoop from Martha about the application process, her new job as a UI Designer, and how she's continued her education after Designation.  Remember, th...
Liz Eggleston
Published March 06, 2014
Designation is a digital design-focused school in Chicago that helps students with a technical or design background make the shift to digital design jobs. We talk with founder Kevin Yun about the differences between Designation and other web-development bootcamps, the types of applicants they look for, and why it's important to learn digital design now.  Remember, the Course Report communi...

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Designation costs around $15,800. On the lower end, some Designation courses like Design Essentials (Online, Part-time, begins every 6-8 weeks) cost $1,000.

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Designation has in-person campuses in and, Chicago. Designation also has a remote classroom so students can learn online.

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